From the crudest cutting utensils of ancient times, to the precision blades of today, the knife is often referred to as the #1 tool for survival. Pocket knives, military blades, crazy contraptions that look like they are meant for killing Zombies, knives are everywhere. Ask a survivalist what one item they couldn’t live without, and more often than not they will tell you their knife.
Personally I am a blade junkie; I have a wide variety of cutting tools in my collection.
So what do I carry?
The SOG Seal Pup Elite
My #1 choice of survival knives is the SOG Seal Pup Elite; if I were stuck in the wilderness and could only bring one knife, I would definitely choose my SOG.
With all of that said, I tend to use cheaper blades for day-to-day cutting. Yes I carry my SOG for emergencies (and I do use it for certain tasks)….. but I worry less about damaging the blade when I use a $10 – $15 one for daily work. Believe it or not there are a lot of very good knives out there for under $15, specifically the Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife.
The Good Old Swiss Army Knife
I tend to use my Swiss army knife for just about everything. From cutting rope, opening boxes, and daily chores, to being my go-to knife when fishing, this little thing can take a beating.
A Swiss Army knife generally has a variety of blades, various tools and other useful gadgets. At one time there were two companies that are allowed to feature the Swiss Army Cross Logo; Victorinox or Wenger.
Recently Victorinox bought out Wenger making them the only manufacture to feature the Swiss Army Cross Logo
Although I don’t think of this as a typical knife, I do carry a Multitool which has a couple of different blades in it.
Popular Multitool Brands include:
Husky Utility Blades
This little blade comes in very handy. I carry a couple of these in my truck and a few in my tool bucket. I break it out when I’m out on a job site to cut just about anything.
You can find them at just about any hardware store for under $10 including multiple blades.
What Knives to stay away from?
Stay away from the ones that have a hollow handle filled with so-called survival gear. The handles on these knives suck and are guaranteed to break when you need them the most.
Fancy Blades – If it looks like it belongs in a movie, chances are it’s of little use in an emergency situation.
It may look cool as part of your collection, just don’t count on it to get you out of any sticky situations.
No matter what you carry, make sure you take care of your knife. A sharp knife is far safer than a dull one. When my blade is dull I sharpen it, if it beyond repair I get rid of it.
Looking for a Good SOG? This is what I carry…..
- SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife with Kydex Sheath
- Sog Seal Pup Elite, Zytel Handle, Black TiNi Blade, Nylon Sheath – Seal Pup – Knives